Unusually low numbers cause prize money chaos
Gambling Online | August 19, 2014
That was a 60% increase over a typical Saturday, and the bonanza caused havoc with the overall prize fund, with each of those players guaranteed a Â£25 prize.
As a result, the 16,500 people who matched four numbers received just Â£15 pounds each, creating some angry customers.
Lottery Rip Off I received Â£10.00 less for getting an extra number? 3 numbers I would receive Â£25.00 but silly me I got four and got Â£15.00?— Ricky Swannell (@Brashland) August 14, 2014
The two jackpot winners could also have considered themselves unlucky, despite overcoming 1 in 14 million odds to get six numbers.
The won Â£360,000 each, compared to the average jackpot of more than Â£2m.
Camelot said the Â£25 'Match 3' prize sometimes works to the advantage of people who get more than three numbers.
A spokesman said: Â"In last weekÂ's Lotto draws, a lower than expected number of Match 3 winners resulted in higher than estimated jackpots and increased prizes at the other levels.Â"
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